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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• Sue Halpern on the evolution of the Internet and how it’s affected human beings? Tal Rosenberg

• ProPublica’s look at widespread claims that 54 attacks were thwarted by NSA bulk surveillance programs? —John Dunlevy

• About the alderman who wants to make all Chicago bike riders get a $25 license and take a safety course? Mick Dumke

• And about why that bike licensing fee is a bad idea? Julia Thiel

• About a radical experiment in education in Matamoros, a poor Mexican border town? Aimee Levitt

• About Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall joining Joe Biden in Boston last night to help commemorate the signing of the Community Mental Health Act 50 years ago? Steve Bogira

• About the ancient Native American village discovered under land that will become part of a Chicago nature preserve? Tony Adler

• About the latest round of layoffs at SpinMedia? Leor Galil

• How former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has become an activist for reforming the election system? Mick Dumke

• Or see this video explaining the difference between what’s normal for porn and what’s, well, normal? Tony Adler

• That today’s Democrats and Republicans are the direct descendants of Quakers and clans of violent Scotsmen? —Connie Vaughn

• About Emily Dickinson’s dress, now on display at the Poetry Foundation? Aimee Levitt

• About a pair of underwear that blocks the odor of farts? Tal Rosenberg

• About why humans start to resemble their dogs? Aimee Levitt

• About the guy who turned his dead cat into a helicopter? Gwynedd Stuart

• About the mother and artist who casts her napping baby to star in the fantastical adventures she dreams up? Kevin Warwick